Doctrine and Covenants 29: Promises to the "Elect" in the Last Days

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Student Study Guide, (2005), 40–41


Few subjects capture our attention more quickly than prophecies about the last days. We live in the last days (D&C 1:4). Knowing this, we ought to be vitally interested in what the Lord has revealed about our time. As you readDoctrine and Covenants 29, look for what the Lord said would happen before, during, and after the Second Coming and what you can do to prepare for those events.

Understanding the Scriptures

Doctrine and Covenants 29

Atoned(v. 1)Paid the price 
Perils(v. 3)Dangers 
Advocate(v. 5)One who pleads the cause of another 
Decree(vv. 8, 12)Order, command, law 
Tribulation and desolation(v. 8)Trouble and destruction 
Hosts(vv. 15, 36)Multitudes 
Take vengeance(v. 17)Send deserved punishment 
Indignation(v. 17)Outrage, anger 
Abominations shall not reign(v. 21)Wickedness will not rule 
Mote(v. 25)Speck 
Temporal(vv. 31–32, 34–35)Physical or temporary 
Carnal … sensual(v. 35)Worldly 
Spiritually dead(v. 41)Shut out of God’s presence 
Redemption, redeemed(vv. 42, 44, 46)Salvation, set free from captivity 
Probation(v. 43)Trial, testing 

Doctrine and Covenants 29:7—Who Are the Elect?

The Prophet Joseph Smith taught that “the elect meant to be elected [chosen] to a certain work” (History of the Church,4:552).

“In a general sense, the elect are those both within and without the Church who love the Lord and are with full purpose of heart doing all within their power to live close to the directions of his spirit.

“President George Q. Cannon [who was a counselor in the First Presidency] said, ‘All mankind are elected to be saved. No man is a tare unless his conduct makes him such.’([Gospel Truth,]1:140.) The elect outside of the Church are the ‘sheep’ who hear the voiceof the Master Shepherd, obey that voice, and are received into the Church (Mosiah 26:21–28). These are the elect whom the missionaries are admonished to gather (D&C 29:7)” (Hoyt W. Brewster Jr.,Doctrine and Covenants Encyclopedia[1988], 148).

Missionaries teaching

Doctrine and Covenants 29:35–39—What Is Agency? Why Is It So Sacred?

Agency is the freedom to choose and act, andDoctrine and Covenants 29:35–39illustrates how important and sacred that freedom is to our Heavenly Father. Rather than violate their agency, He allowed one-third of His children, led by the devil, to rebel. Our mortal probation is organized to preserve our agency.

Elder Bruce R. McConkie, who was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, explained what is necessary for agency to exist: “Four great principles must be in force if there is to be agency: 1. Laws must exist, laws ordained by an Omnipotent power, laws which can be obeyed or disobeyed; 2. Opposites must exist—good and evil, virtue and vice, right and wrong—that is, there must be an opposition, one force pulling one way and another pulling the other; 3. A knowledge of good and evil must be had by those who are to enjoy the agency, that is, they must know the difference between the opposites; and 4. An unfettered power of choice must prevail” (Mormon Doctrine,2nd ed. [1966], 26).

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 29.

Activity A iconSummarize the Doctrine

Select four of the following questions and answer them from what you learn inDoctrine and Covenants 29:

  1. 1.

    Who will the Lord gather? How will they be gathered? (vv. 1–8).

  2. 2.

    What will happen at the Second Coming? (vv. 9–13).

  3. 3.

    What will happen before the Second Coming? (vv. 14–21).

  4. 4.

    What will happen at the end of the thousand years? (vv. 22–30).

  5. 5.

    What do these verses teach about Satan and agency? (vv. 35–40).

  6. 6.

    What do these verses teach about the Fall and redemption? (vv. 40–50).